WISDOM FOR TODAY.
DANIEL REMAINED IN THE KING'S COURT (2)
Daniel 5:13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?.
Insight and Highlight.
Daniel became a handed down masterpiece to successive monarchs.
Daniel served five kings in captivity.
The kings were Nebuchadnezzar,
Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus (Dan 1:1-2, 5:30-31, 6:28, 7: 1,9:1).
Between Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar was Evil-merodach (the successor-son of Nebuchadnezzar who had taken Daniel captive under Jehoiachin, 2 Kgs 25:27, Jer 52:31, 34).
Evil-merodach was not mentioned in Daniel because the vision Daniel had did not cover his period as king, but he ruled before Belshazzar.
Daniel 5:13 illustrates how previous kings may have handed down Daniel to younger monarchs. It records how each previous king may have passed him on one after the other as a heritage and as a king's companion whom successive kings should pay attention to. Belshazzar, who appeared to have lost the trail of Daniel as a prodigy, based on his question to Daniel, suddenly reminded himself what his father had told him about Daniel.
He asked Daniel ....Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
Daniel was a powerful influencer.
Evil-Merodach, the successor of Nebuchadnezzar, who pardoned Jehoiachin, is credited to Daniel.
The king, Evil-Merodach, released Jehoiachim, who was taken captive by Evil-Merodach's father, Nebuchadnezzar, and gave him a ...regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death. (Jer 52:31-34).
Daniel, remaining, in the courts of five kings of Babylon further teaches us as follows.
First, God rewards, only at the place He places us.
Daniel occupied a place with the chief counselors and dignitaries at the realm of Babylonian corridors of power.
He sat as the general superintendence command through whom subordinates' duties grew out of his office. All protocols were entrusted to him. He became a reference point of sound interpretation second to none in Babylon.
Second, when we remain where God places us, we are rewarded with more than promotion.
Daniel became a form of protection of his brethren in their present state of captivity.
God does remember His people, though the challenges may present where He places you. Your perseverance as you remain in the court will come to His remembrance.
Remember, God will most likely not cover you where He has not sent you.
Though Babylonian captivity was a low ebb compared to the palace he was coming from yet he became a spiritual nursing-father to many people and kings. God left Daniel as a witness of how He can elevate a slave to sit among kings.
There is a place of honor where God positions you. The place is at the king's court, if only you will wait for it.
God has prepared us for any place He chooses to place us.
Call to Word action.
Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
The Christian clarion duty.
Challenges may shake us because they know no bounds. Kings' seed and princes may seem to walk on legs, but seed royals will eventually remain in the king's court!
Lord, wherever You choose to place me, let me not forget to be Your companion there, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and be blessed as you come into His presence today.
God bless you.